17-Year-Old Suspect To Stand Trial As Adult

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A judge has ruled that a teen charged with capital murder in a fatal shooting during a San Antonio carjacking will be tried as an adult.

With the judge's ruling Wednesday, Aaron Nicholas Ruiz faces up to life in prison with the possibility of parole if convicted of fatally shooting 18-year-old Christopher Hinojos. He would have faced a maximum of 40 years if he'd stayed in the juvenile system.

Ruiz, now 17, was 16 when Hinojos was killed.

The San Antonio Express-News reports Ruiz also faces two counts of robbery, one count of aggravated robbery, one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of harassing a police officer, one count of assaulting a police officer and one count of evading arrest in a motor vehicle.

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